Protecting Nurses and Doctors Who Advocate for Better Care

February 28, 2017

(Feb. 28) – A bipartisan bill by Rep. Chris Hansen, D-Denver, that improves protections for doctors and nurses who advocate for improvements in the health care system earned final approval from the House with a 39-26 vote this morning. “This is an important step forward to improve efficiency and quality in our health care system,”

Pueblo Chiles Rule!

February 28, 2017

(Feb. 28) – A bill to recognize the chile growers of Southern Colorado with their own special license plate won voice-vote House approval this morning. HB17-1012, sponsored by Rep. Daneya Esgar, D-Pueblo, was requested by the Pueblo Chile Growers Association, which is mounting an economic development campaign to give their products a higher profile. “The

Childcare Tax Credits for Colorado Parents

February 28, 2017

(Feb. 27) – A bill by Reps. Brittany Pettersen and Tony Exum, Sr., to extend the low-income childcare tax credit for the next three years passed the House Finance Committee with a 12-1 vote. “The costs of childcare are extremely expensive in Colorado and place a huge burden on working families in Colorado Springs and

Improving Education for Bilingual Students/Mejorando la educación de los estudiantes bilingües

February 28, 2017

(Feb. 27) – The House Education Committee approved two bipartisan bills  this afternoon sponsored by Reps. Millie Hamner, D-Dillon, and Jim Wilson,  R-Salida. The first, HB17-1160, allows students from kindergarten throughthird grade who are English language learners to take their annual  required reading test in their language of instruction, rather than being  double-tested. Currently, although